May 16, 2016
READ: Psalm 23:1-6
The Lord is my shepherd; I have all that I need (v.1).
When my sister left a high-paying government job after 14 years, many people were surprised. I believe God led her to the job (a long story), used it to train and equip her (another long story) and called her away from it (yet another lengthy tale). In fact, she had to leave her work with no new job in place. There wasn’t time to ponder, because she had loads of projects to finish and hand over. Yet, by God’s grace, she didn’t fret. She was fully convinced that God her Shepherd would provide for her (Psalm 23:1).
During her first few weeks as an unemployed person, she enjoyed some much-needed rest—sleeping, reading and exercising. God began renewing her strength (v.3).
Then He opened the door for her to start her own forensics lab in Singapore! She couldn’t have foreseen that this would be possible, for setting up a lab requires huge capital investment and she had neither the money nor knowledge of any financial backers.
But with God, “everything is possible” (Matthew 19:26). And one day, through a casual conversation with a friend, she discovered that there was a lab available at an academic institution. The school had already inquired into possible collaboration. So, through God’s divine providence, she and her business partners rented the lab at a special rate and—to their amazement—the institution also allowed them to use their equipment!
While God may not always provide in such spectacular or immediate ways, He continues to work out His perfect plans in our lives. Just as the psalmist David and my sister Poh Ling have discovered, the good and merciful Shepherd is with you, and His unfailing love will provide for you “all the days of [your] life” (Psalm 23:6).
—Poh Fang Chia
365-day plan: Psalm 103:1-22
Read John 10:11-16 and consider what Jesus does as our Good Shepherd.
What does it mean for you to know that Jesus is your Shepherd? Why is it vital for you to bring your fears and questions to Him today?